MANGO MADNESS: Thieves caught red-handed in fruit heist
CASH, jewellery and electronics are all common items that thieves pinch, but it seems burglars in the Top End have been nabbing something a little unusual as of late - mangoes.
One Darwin family got the shock of their lives when they went out to their Humpty Doo farm on Sunday and caught two brazen thieves helping themselves to their mango trees.
Casuarina resident Sarah Du and her family said the mango menaces helped themselves to at least eight full bags of the tasty tropical fruit before they came across them.
"We caught them in the act and it was just weird because they didn't leave straight away," Ms Du said.
"It's obviously private property so I asked them how they got in and they went to great lengths by crawling through a gap between the fence."
Ms Du believes this isn't the first time people have snuck on to the farm to take home numerous bags of the popular fleshy fruit.
"I approached them and explained that they were trespassing but they said they drove past every year and helped themselves to the mangoes because they were rotten," she said.
"I was really shocked and surprised as they were so casual about it so I just had a chat to them and told them to stay off our property in the future."
She said her family decided to let the mango thieves off the hook, but were considering installing a trespassing sign and barbed wire around their property to ward off other burglars.
"We let them keep the mangoes, but if we find them on our block again, we will definitely take it further," she said.
As mangoes begin to ripen, thieves looking to get a free taste have been spotted throughout the Top End.
A couple was spotted near a farm off the road to Gunn Point, with one knocking off their illicit goods with a stick while the other collected the loot in a bag.
Another free mango enthusiast was spotted near the cemetery in The Gardens.
A NT Police spokeswoman said, technically, taking fruit is stealing and could attract up to seven years imprisonment.